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Sancerre Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on July 20, 2017

Come this Friday, We will highlight the Sancerre appellation from the Loire valley in France!

We will have open a White, rose and a red Sancerre!

Tasting Time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below full information:

Known for its exceptional Sauvignon Blanc wines, Sancerre is found in some of the world’s best restaurants and praised by many of the top wine experts. Although Sancerre is most famous for its white wine, the appellation also produces high quality red and rosé using Pinot Noir grapes.

East of Bourges, the Sancerre appellation is located along the left bank of the Loire River, stretching across 2,900 hectares (7,166 acres). This appellation extends over the villages of Bannay, Bué, Crézancy, Menetou-Ratel, Ménétréol, Montigny, St-Satur, Ste-Gemme, Sancerre, Sury-en-vaux, Thauvenay, Veaugues, Verdigny and Vinon.

Jean-Pierre Vacher & Fils, Sancerre (2016) White

Geography: Loire Valley, France
Appellation: Sancerre

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Vacher & Fils is a 25 acres estate established by Jean-Pierre Vacher, recently joined by his son Jerome and daughter-in-law Karine. It is as a united family that they have decided to develop the recognition of their estate until now only sold locally. Slowly but surely, step by step, vineyard management has been improved, winery equipment is being renewed and projects of a brand new winery are being drawn.

The 10 hectares domaine is located on the best spots of Sancerre. The 25 years old vines are planted on clay and limestone soil with ideal exposure to the sun due to south facing slopes.

The grapes are harvested the traditional way, by hand. Fermentation is temperature controlled for 15 days. Ageing in traditional vats to obtain a pure expression of the varietal characteristics.

This bright yellow with green hues Sancerre is crisp and intense. The nose reveals notes of citrus (grapefruit) and stone fruits (peach) with vegetal touches. Round and fresh in the mouth.

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Jean-Pierre Vacher & Fils, Sancerre Rosé (2016)

Geography: Loire Valley, France
Appellation: Sancerre

Grape: Pinot noir


25 year’s old vineyard

Soil composed of clay and limestone

the father-son Vacher team makes wine from just 25 acres of land. Born of the chalky, stony soil for which Sancerre is famous, this pinot noir rosé is round and refreshing—yet captivates the palate with the crisp acidity that has long been the signature for this region. Bright with strawberries, red cherries, and elegant minerality, this wine is perfect for all your summertime seafood salads, lobster rolls, and roof-top parties!


Jean-Pierre Vacher & Fils, Sancerre Red (2015)

Geography: Loire Valley, France
Appellation: Sancerre

Grape: Pinot noir


25 year’s old vineyard
Soil composed of clay and limestone

NOTES: We all know Sancerre as a world-renowned white wine, but the best-kept secret in the Loire Valley is the spectacular red wine made from Pinot Noir. Light in color, with lovely berry aromas, this is a superb red wine for white wine drinkers! Experiment with goat cheeses, pan-roasted salmon, grilled tuna, and chicken with mushrooms!

Jean-Pierre Vacher & Fils Red Sancerre

Friday Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on July 13, 2017

Hot weather got you down? We have refreshing wines to pick you up!
Stop by this Friday, we will have open 4 wines:
A white from South Africa
Two rosés from Spain and France
 A Summer red from Italy

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below full information:

Babylonstoren, Simonsberg-Paarl Chenin Blanc (2016)

Grape: Chenin Blanc
Geography: Western Cape, South Africa
Appellation: Simonsberg-Paarl

Their wines are produced in a state-of-the-art winery and are made to showcase the soils and climate where its grapes are grown. They have 72 hectares (178 acres) under vine and produce 13 different grape varieties with our highest vines – pinot noir and chardonnay – lying against Simonsberg at some 600 metres above sea level. Some of the vines on the farm were planted by the farm’s previous owners, the Louw family, who lived here for four generations. The Louws were grape growers for the former Simondium Co-operative Winery and other large wineries in the area. In addition, there are plantings established in 2008 and 2009 under the stewardship of viticulturist Hannes Aucamp.

Echoing the farm’s 17th-century Cape Dutch architectural vernacular, Babylonstoren’s modern winery was designed by renowned Cape cellar architect Gerard de Villiers. It has been fitted with custom-made processing equipment that can cater for gravity-fed production on a single level. This includes three types of red-wine fermenters – stainless steel, raised concrete and 7 500-litre French oak vats. Led by cellarmaster Charl Coetzee (formerly of Kaapzicht) and winemaker Klaas Stoffberg, the farm’s 2011 harvest led to the first bottling of wine under the Babylonstoren label


A light crisp, elegant dry wine that is fruit driven and juicy. It is unwooded and refreshing with lovely guava and melon flavours, rounded off with a hint of freshly cut grass and Packham pear undertones.

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Fuenteseca, Utiel-Requena Bobal Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé (2016)

Grapes: Bobal and Cabernet Sauvignon
Geography: Valencia, Spain
Appellation: Utiel-Requena

Utiel-Requena, located west of Valencia city, is the largest wine region (in terms of area under vine) in the Valencia region on Spain’s east coast.

Grape growing is Utiel-Requena’s driving economic force, and archaeological finds show viticulture dates back to at least the 7th Century BC, from the time of the early Iberians. In 1BC, Ancient Romans settled there and introduced improved winemaking techniques.Location: Fuenteseca.
Altitude: 920mts
Climate: Mediterranean with Continental influence.
Soils: Medium-deep sandy limestone.
Age of the vines: Bobal 20 years Cabernet 28 years
Growing system: Trellised in Cordon Royat.
Grape varieties : Bobal 80% – Cabernet Sauvignon 20%


An attractive, strawberry-pink colour with violet glints. Clean and very bright. Intensely aromatic, fragrant and deliciously appealing with aromas of ripe red berry fruit, strawberries and cream, red fruit gums and light floral hints. On the palate, it’s fresh, full and very perfumed. The delicious appeal on the nose comes through on the palate with excellent balance, making this wine an intensely-flavoured, easy-drinking rosé. The fruit aromas revealed on the nose come through again in a long, lingering finish.

Food Pairing

Excellent with appetisers, rice dishes, roasted vegetables or white meats.
Best served at a temperature of 8-10ºC

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Domaine des Terrisses, Gaillac Rosé (2016)

Grapes: Syrah, Braucol, and Duras
Geography: Southwest France, France
Appellation: Gaillac

Spread out around the town of Albi, the Gaillac vineyards extend over 73 communes along the Tarn river. The appellation includes significantly different terroirs , the results of different geological strata, which include limestone plateaus, hillside vineyards with limestone and clay soils and alluvial plains with soils of gravel and sand. The climate is more Mediterranean than Atlantic and the vineyards benefit from a warm and dry autumn. The wines can have a balance of concentration and restraint that is rare and the appellation’s local grape varieties enhance the originality of Gaillac’s wines.

Domaine des Terrisses has been the property of the Cazottes family since 1750. The vineyard is situated along the “Premiere Cotes” of Gaillac, the hillsides facing south-southwest toward the Tarn river. The vineyard is planted almost entirely with the traditional grape varieties of the region; Mauzac and Len de L’ehl for the whites and Braucol and Duras for the reds. Domaine des Terrisses offers a wide range of wines which is typical of the Gaillac appellation and is a reminder of the region’s long historical and cultural links with wine.

The Rose is a blend of 60% Syrah, 20% Braucol and 20% Duras. The average age of the vines is 25 years. The Syrah, grown on the low lying and cooler part of the vineyard, is produced using “pressurage” like white wines where the juice is pressed from the grapes before fermentation begins. The Braucol and Duras are vinified using the “saignee” method with skin maceration lasting about 12 hours. The varieties are fermented separately at low temperatures and then allowed to settle naturally for 4 months with several rackings done before blending and bottling. Sustainable

The wine has aromas of tangy, barely-ripe strawberries, blackberries, and a touch of white pepper. On the palate it’s got delicious berry fruit, refreshing acidity, and enough body to stand up to a wide variety of foods.


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Monte del Frà, Bardolino (2015)

Grapes: Corvina, Rondinella, and Sangiovese
Geography: Veneto, Italy
Appellation: Bardolino

The heart of Monte del Frà is located in the village of Custoza on the morainic hills of Lake Garda, only 15km from Verona.

By carefully selecting the land on which to plant vineyards and by meticulously implementing agronomic practices, Monte del Frà has become one of the most avantgarde wineries for the production of high quality grapes. The vineyards are planted in guyot in the areas of Cusotza, Bardolino and Lugana and with the classic “pergola” system in the Valpolicella Classica.

colour: Brilliant ruby red
nose: Delicately fruity and fragrant, with notes of cherries, strawberries, raspberries and redcurrants as well as hints of spices (cinnamon, cloves, black pepper)
flavour: Dry and rounded, with the same sensations of crunchy red fruits and berries perceptible on the nose. Lightly spicy, with a well-balanced, fresh and easy-drinking style serving suggestions: Light snacks, cold cuts, light meals and fish in general (particularly fresh water fish)

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Anniversary Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on July 6, 2017

We are turning 6 years! Thanks all for be part of us.

We will have open 4 wines and a Sparkling to celebrate!

Friday/Tasting Time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below a full wines description:

Casa Ferreirinha, Vinha Grande Rosé (2016)

Grape: Touriga Nacional
Geography: Douro, Portugal
Appellation: Douro

Founded in 1751, Casa Ferreirinha is known for still wines from the Douro Valley in Portugal. Dona Antonia Adelaide was born in the city of Peso da Regua in 1811 and belonged to the 4th generation of this distinguished Port producing family. Over her lifetime, she invested much of her considerable fortune in planting and improving the estate. Following her death in 1896, the business became a limited company and began a new phase building on the legacy of its Douro estates. Casa Ferreirinha was acquired by Sogrape Vinhos in 1987.

Description: Vinha Grande Rose is an extraordinarily elegant wine that balances great aromatic intensity with a remarkable acidity. It embodies the outstanding potential of the Douro region with regard to the production of high quality rosé wines.

Winemaker: Luís Sottomayor   Varieties: 100% Touriga Nacional

Enjoy: Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Rosé 2016 is an excellent aperitif that also combines wonderfully with fish and pasta dishes, seafood, salads and some white meats.

Serve: Decanting is unnecessary, though it should be opened a short time prior to consumption to breathe and reach its full potential. Serve chilled at between

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Bridge Lane, Rosé (2016)

Grapes: Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Pinot Noir
Geography: New York, United States

Produced by Lieb Cellars, a small farm-winery on the North Fork of Long Island, Bridge Lane is named after the farm road adjacent to one of Lieb’s vineyards and is Lieb’s second label. If Lieb’s reserve wines are elegant and age-worthy, Bridge Lane wines are young, fresh, fruit-forward and meant to be enjoyed right away.

63% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot, 10% Pinot Blanc, 5% Pinot Noir. Fermented for 40 days using yeast strain Symphony. Malolactic was blocked and the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and varietal aromas. Lovely notes of guava and peach blossom followed by flavors of strawberry and watermelon.

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L’Ecole No. 41, Chenin Blanc Old Vines (2015)

Grape: Chenin Blanc
Geography: Washington, United States
Appellation: Columbia Valley

Founded in 1983 by Jean and Baker Ferguson, L’Ecole No. 41 was the third winery to open in Walla Walla Valley, Washington. Today it is owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. The estate fruit is grown at the acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard which is co-owned with Leonetti Cellar and Pepper Bridge Winery. The remaining fruit is sourced from highly regarded Columbia Valley vineyards such as Klipsun, Bacchus, Dionysus, Milbrandt, Portteus, Fair Acre Farms, Wahluke Slope Vineyards and Willard Farms. Many of these vineyards were planted in the 1970’s or early 1980’s and all of the Walla Walla Valley vineyards are certified sustainable and Salmon Safe.

The Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are all barrel aged. In the fall of 2003, L’Ecole completed the construction of a new concrete tilt barrel storage facility that accommodates the current inventory of over 2,000 French and American oak barrels. For 11 consecutive years, Wine & Spirits Magazine has named L’Ecole No. 41 as Winery of the Year, and was inducted in their Hall of Fame.

This fresh and vibrant Chenin Blanc shows highly expressive aromatics of passion fruit and orange blossom, with flavors of star fruit, tangerine and apple on a balanced, crisp mineral finish.

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Marchand-Tawse, Bourgogne Pinot Noir (2013)

Grape: Pinot Noir
Geography: Burgundy, France
Appellation: Bourgogne

A native of Montreal and an adventurer at heart, Pascal Marchand has had an illustrious career in the wine industry, including working at Château de Chorey-les-Beaune, Domaine du Comte Armand in Pommard, and with the Boisset family to launch Domaine de la Vougeraie. Pascal subsequently established himself independently as a winemaker and consultant – in Beaujolais, Minervois, California, Canada, South America and Australia.

In 2006, Pascal launched a new Burgundian micro-negociant business. The production is now being marketed under a new label: Marchand & Tawse, since Pascal formed a partnership with long-time friend and business associate Moray Tawse. The fruit for these wines is sourced from growers Pascal knows and trusts, and vineyards with a minimum of 35 years of age. Many vineyards are farmed organically, and all of his operations are carried out according to the lunar calendar. Wines are vinified and matured in cellars in the heart of Nuits-St.-Georges, using barrels selected from two specialized artisanal coopers and wood from the forests of Alliers, Cher, Compeigne, Fontainbleau, Jupille and Oise. The wines speak directly of their origins and of the sensitivity Pascal has cultivated throughout his remarkable career.

Bright and floral with red cherry – quite an engaging nose. Very good and quite intense cherry fruit flavour and really silky tannin for the label.

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François Montand, Méthode Traditionelle Brut Rosé

Grapes: Grenache and Cinsault
Geography: Jura, France

Francois Montand, a descendent of a long line of winemakers from Champagne, moved to the Jura region in the 1940s and began making sparkling wines according to the traditional Champagne method. He soon became regarded as a Jura specialist and the François Montand wines are still produced with strict adherence to this traditional method, with a rigorous selection of the best grapes that offer fresh and fruity quality.

The Jura, one of the oldest vineyards in France, permits François Montand to restart a new life and to make incredible sparkling wine signature of the François Montand name

The soil of Jura, composed of limestone and glacial moraines, provides the wine a unique wealth of character. Moreover, the climate in this region is harsh in the winter and irregular in the summer, which gives an inimitable taste to the wine. All these specificities come together to offer the best quality wines which François Montand is looking for and convince him to continue the family tradition in this region. He never gets back to Champagne.

(75% Grenache/25% Cinsault) The grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness to ensure the best balance between sugar and acidity. After careful sorting, they were gently pressed and fermented at low temperature with selected yeasts. After blending and bottling, the liqueur de tirage was added and the second fermentation began. The wine was then aged horizontally for at least nine months before being disgorged and prepared for shipment.

A pretty salmon pink color, this intense sparkling wine offers notes of dried cherries and raspberries. Crisp and dry, the wine finishes clean with a pleasant lift of acidity.


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Independence Day Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on July 5, 2017

Hi there!
We will have a nice tasting this weekend:

today we’ll open 2 roses (from Provance and Bordeaux), a Vouvray (white chenin blanc) and an Anjou (cabernet franc from Loire Valley).

Tasting Time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below full information:

Domaine de Chevalier, Le Rosé de Chevalier Bordeaux

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Geography: Bordeaux, France 
Appellation: Bordeaux

Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles.

The owners of Domaine de Chevalier, the Bernard family, have a long history dating all the way back to the 1155! What we know of as Domaine de Chevalier in the Graves/Pessac Leognan, appellation, was purchased in 1865 by Arnaud Ricard and his son Jean for 33,000 francs. At the time, the Ricard family were familiar with the Bordeaux wine trade, as they worked as coopers, producing wine barrels. In 1865, the estate began selling their wine under the Gascon name of “Chivaley”. In those days, the 44 hectare property was used for mostly food crops and ranching. While there was a tiny Bordeaux wine making operation at the estate, because there was no money in wine, it was not their main interest.

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Clos Palet, Vouvray

Grape: Chenin Blanc
Geography: Loire Valley, France
Appellation: Vouvray

The grapes underwent a quiet, long pressing and strict juice selection, followed by 24 hours of settling. A second sorting was carried out prior to the alcoholic fermentation and took place in stainless steel tanks. Temperature was monitored over the course of a month and a half and the lees were stirred every days to ensure a smooth fermentation. Following fermentation, the wine was racked and aged in stainless steel tanks on its fine lees for four months in troglodyte cellars.

Tasting notes
Color: Light yellow in color with tints of green.
Nose: Floral notes on the nose (acacia flower), with aromas of fresh almonds.
Palate: Well balanced between round and crisp on the palate.

Food pairing
This wine will pair nicely with grilled fish, selfish and roast poultry. But is is also to be enjoyed as an aperitif on its own.

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Les Vins Breban, Côtes de Provence Rosé L’Opale de La Presqu’ile de Saint-Tropez

Grapes:Grenache, Cinsault, and Carignan
Geography: Provence, France
Appellation: Côtes de Provence

The rose belongs to the AOP Cotes de Provence classification of wines, the most extensive Provencal appellation. Its geographic area includes 85 municipalities in the departments of Var, Bouches-du-Rhone and Alpes-Maritimes, and covers about 20,000 hectares. The vineyard, which is situated atop limestone and clay soils, contains numerous fragments high porosity and low density tuff which allows the soil to warm quickly in the early sunlight. Thus grapes reach maturity with a good balance of sugar and optimum acidity.

Food pairing
Cold meats, grilled fish, white meats and salads. It can also be appreciated as an aperitif

Tasting notes
Color: Pale pink color with gray highlights
Nose: A very delicate nose which hints of spring wild flowers
Palate: On the palate, this wine is gives off citrus like aromas reminiscent of freshly picked lemons.

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Domaine des Baumard, Anjou Le Logis

Grapes: Cabernet Franc
Geography: Loire Valley, France
Appellation: Anjou
Features: Organic

Domaine Des Baumard is situated right in the heart of the Anjou, in the town of Rochefort-Sur-Loire, just south of the town of Savennieres itself. The property has been in the Baumard family since 1634, but it was reconstituted and improved by Jean Baumard in the mid-1950s. Since 1992 the estate has been run with meticulous care by Jean’s son, Florent, and the domaine is now regarded as one of the greatest producers in the Loire Valley and one of the greatest producers of white wine in the world.

The grapes for this wine come from 15 acres of estate-grown vineyards in the schist soils of the Anjou. The vines are average 35 years of age and are entirely hand-harvested at perfect maturity. Average yields are between 2-3 tons per acre.

Tasting notes
“A bright, ruby red color, Le Logis exudes perfumed aromas of red currants and raspberries. This is a fresh and extremely easy-to-drink Anjou Rouge, filled with brambly red fruit, violets and savory undertones.”

Le Logis, a reference to Baumard’s place of residence, is a fresh, authentic, easy-to-drink Loire ‘house wine’ made up of Cabernet Franc and a small portion of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Anjou. It exudes aromas of red currant and raspberry, and is fresh and savory on the palate.
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Summer Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on June 22, 2017

Summer has arrived!

Let’s celebrate with wines this weekend.

 We will have open 4 wines on Friday:

A white and rose from Austria.
A special Piedmont white grape “Favorita ” from Italy,
and a Summer red from Catalonia, Spain

Tasting time:  6:00 to 9:00pm

See below full information:

Forstreiter, Grüner Veltliner Kogl (2016)

Grape: Grüner Veltliner
Geography: Niederösterreich, Austria
Appellation: Kremstal

The passion for wine is our family for over a century in the blood: Since 1868, about 28 hectares of vineyards is the now extensive vineyard in our possession. We are in the old wine community Hollenburg, a district of Krems / Donau, which belongs to the wine region Kremstal, home. Here was already 400 n. Chr., The time of St. Severin, proven viticulture operated.
Quality grows in the vineyards. Optimal care of the soil and the vineyards is a prerequisite to press the grapes great wines. Careful treatment and few interventions in the basement is to preserve the given of the nature of quality.

Green apples, a hint of gooseberry, a little spice; invigorating acidity, fresh fruit, varietal herbs in the finish, very refreshing, good substance.

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Biohof Pratsch, Rosé Wine (2016)

Grape: Zweigelt
Geography: Niederösterreich, Austria

 Pratsch is a relatively small, 20 hectare estate comprised of 13 single vineyards in the Niederosterreich region (Lower Austria) all maintained under organic certification for over 10 years by the Pratsch family, Wilhelm and Anneliese and their son, Stefan. Organic winegrowing to them is more than just the elimination of pesticides, fungicides and artificial fertilizers, but rather part of a larger, holistic philosophy of dedication to the land and the quality of the wines.


Made from mostly of organically-grown estate Zweigelt grapes, this Austrian rose is delicate and dry featuring aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, peach, and pear, backed by crisp, refreshing acidity.

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Marziano Abbona, Langhe Favorita Valle d’Olmo (2014)

Grape: Favorita
Geography: Piedmont, Italy
Appellation: Langhe

The estate of Marziano Abbona is located in Dogliani, Piedmont, bordering Barolo’s famous Monforte commune. The estate owns a total of 103 acres of prized vineyards spread throughout the communes of Dogliani (61 acres), Novello (15 acres) and Monforte (27 acres) and produces wines of great elegance and depth.

The Abbona family has been cultivating vineyards here since before the 1920s, but it was not until the 1970s that Marziano began bottling wines under the Abbona name including the famous bottling from the Doriolo vineyard, dedicated to his late father, “Papà Celso”. Marziano and his daughters, Mara and Chiara, and wife, Bruna, run the estate with the support of famed consulting enologist and “Dolcetto King” Giuseppe “Beppe” Caviola.

Variety: Favorita

A typical variety of the Roero, this wine also obtains excellent results in the Langhe. Aromatic and captivating, it is distinguished by its floral, fresh nose. Pairs well with appetizers, first course, fish, and white meat.

In stainless steel tanks until bottling. Then, rests in the bottle at a constant temperature of 14° C (57° F) for one month before release.Tasting notes:

Aged exclusively in stainless steel to best preserve the freshness of its aromas, this wine is aromatic and captivating. On the nose, aromas of herbs and wildflowers; in the mouth it is pleasantly dry. Easy to pair, it goes well with vegetable-based appetizers, first courses with tomato, fish, and white meat. Serve at 8-10° C (46-50° F).

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Moli dels Capellans, Atrepat Conca de Barberà (2015)

Grape: Trepat
Geography: Catalonia, Spain
Appellation: Conca de Barberà

Conca de Barberà is a small, little-known wine region in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain. Located right at the heart of Catalan wine country, it is surrounded on all sides by other wine regions: Costers del Segre to the north, Tarragona to the south, Penedès to the east and Montsant to the west. The word conca is Catalan for ‘basin’, and aptly describes the geography here.

Trepat is a red-wine grape variety indigenous to northeastern Spain. It is most conspicuous in the sparkling rosado (rosé) Cavas of the region but may also be used in red-wine blends along with Garnacha and Tempranillo.

This might be THE perfect, easy-drinking Summertime red. Soft, red fruit that is bright, but savory rather than sweet. Just a hint of very fine tannins and earthiness give it lip-smacking character and the right amount of acid to keep it entirely refreshing. Put a chill on it and watch it disappear.
Winemaking Details: 40% of wine undergoes carbonic maceration
Goes with: fresh fruit, salads & other light bites

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Friday Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on June 15, 2017

Planing a Summer vacation? A nice glass of wine can help…
We will have 4 wines open, A Torrontes white grape from Argentina, a rose Trepat grape from Catalunia and Tavel appelation rose from Cote du Rhone, Also a red Merlot from Sonoma!

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below a full wine description:

Castillo Perelada, Empordà Rosé Pescador

Geography: Catalonia, Spain
Appellation: Empordà

Perelada has been producing wines since the fourteenth century. The castle and its estates has been owned by the Mateu family since 1923. Its founder Miguel Mateu passed away in 1972 and left his son-in-law Arturo Suque at the helm. Today Perelada is producing world class cava and superb still wines from its magnificent vineyards in Emporda and Priorat, Spain.

Trepat 40%, Merlot 30%, Garnatxa 15%, Tempranillo 15% produced with a slight natural “petillant” sparkle, Vino de Agujas. Pale cherry color with a lovely silky texture.

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Domaine de Chantepierre, Tavel Rosé (2016)

Grapes: Grenache, Clairette, and Mourvèdre
Geography: Rhône Valley, France
Appellation: Tavel

The Cave des Vignerons de Tavel is situated in France’s Rhone Valley, near Avignon and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. There now are 140 grape growers involved in the day-to-day operation of the winery, and they work together to craft cuvees that are consistent gold medal winners in prestigious wine competitions.

The 2016 Domaine de Chantepierre is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, crafted by vintner Paul Sanchez. Because the grapes of the vintage were perfectly ripened, Sanchez decided to age the wine in neutral stainless steel tanks in order to protect the bright fruit flavors. It’s a tasty Cotes du Rhone with a stately pedigree.

Eye : bright rosé wine – partridge-eye pink – topaz tints. Aromas : intense – melon – peach and cherry. Mouth : full bodied – dry and quite spicy with a
good persistency. Tavel is issued from a blend of free-run juice, which carries
aromas, fruits, freshness and acidity, and of first-press juice which protects
structure, richness and spices.

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Maipe, Torrontés (2015)

Grape: Torrontés
Geography: Mendoza, Argentina
Appellation: Luján de Cuyo

Chakana was founded on May 2nd, 2002 by Juan Pelizzatti. On this very same day, the Southern Cross (a constellation named Chakana by the indigenous people of the Andes highlands) reaches a perfectly vertical position, marking the beginning of a new farming cycle.
The Andean people relied entirely on nature for their survival and put great store in astronomical knowledge. This was central to the development of their social and political structures which nurtured a culture of equality and sustainability. Crop and site selection as well as the agricultural calendar were all based on a detailed understanding of natural phenomena and their relationship with the position of the sun, moon and stars. At present Chakana is undergoing the process for a Biodynamic viticulture certification.
The winery is located on a 150 ha. estate, 34 km South of the city of Mendoza, in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo. The estate now encompasses three vineyards in this region, Finca Agrelo, Finca Altamira, Finca Terrada.
The winemaking team consists of Gabriel Bloise, Liliana Lannizzotto and consulant eonologist Alberto Antonini.

100% Torrontes. Manual harvest.
7 day maceration with selected yeasts at 8°-10°C; fermentation with selected yeasts at 12°-14°.
Spring-like nose of fresh white peaches, pears, green apple, green melon and hints of jasmine and rose petals.
On the palate, it has a beautiful structure and acidity along with fruit flavors and plenty of body. Well balanced, this wine displays a pleasant freshness with citrus notes and a long finish.
Best enjoyed in its youth either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with smoked meats, mild to medium-strong cheeses, seafood and a great partner for spicy food as well.

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Taft Street Winery, Alexander Valley Merlot (2014)

Grape: Merlot
Geography: California, United States
Appellation: Alexander Valley

The Taft Street winery started in the 1970’s, in a garage in Berkeley California. The concept was simple, make good wine, sell it at affordable prices, and have fun in the process. Owners Mike Tierney and Mike Martini continue to practice their “Garragiste” ideals, and have built a great wine team with the adittion of Evelyn White as winemaker. They source superb fruit through long term contracts with select growers in Sonoma, the Russian River and Dry Creek Valley. Tierney also grows the finest heirloom tomatoes in the US!
The term “garagistes” originated in Bordeaux in the 1980’s and referred to a group of innovative winemakers who produced exceptional wines in their garages rather than in grand chateaux. Since 1979, we have carried on the garagistes tradition of innovation and excellence in a chateau-alternative locale.

From a backyard Berkeley garage to an old apple processing plant in Sebastopol, California, the family at Taft Street continues in the garagistes traditions to this day, crafting limited production, crowd pleasing wines from select Sonoma County vineyards.

Vinification: The grapes were cold soaked for 3 days at 50°F. Fermentation time was 10 days; maceration time was 5 days. The wine was then drained, pressed, racked, and inoculated for malolactic fermentation in barrel. There were multiple rack and returns during the 19 months of barrel aging.

Vineyard Location: The Merlot was grown on the Hanson Vineyard Ranch at the foot of the mountains in the heart of Alexander Valley.

Vintage Conditions: Similar to 2013, a long growing season with moderate weather provided added hang time for the fruit to develop ripe flavors. A mild winter and spring without frost led to crisper wines with higher acidity.

VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 98% Merlot, 1% Petite Sirah, 1% Syrah

Plum with hints of ruby, this Alexander Valley Merlot has aromas of ripe cherry and currant mixed with inklings of allspice and nutmeg. Velvety, sweet tannins pair exceptionally well with the dark fruit, resulting in a rich, sumptuous mouth feel. Judicious use of American Oak adds hints of vanilla and structure to this food-friendly wine.
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Weekend Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on June 8, 2017

June has arrived and is bringing us long-awaited sunshine!

We will have two nice tastings this weekend:

On Friday we will have 4 Italian wines open from  Piedmont, Emilia Romagna and Veneto!

On Saturday we have a special tasting with Kings County Distillery. They will show us their new release Strawberry Ginger Whiskey and their classic Bourbon!

Tasting Time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below full information:


Cascina Pace, Rosanebbia (2015)

Grape: Nebbiolo
Geography: Piedmont, Italy
Features: Biodynamic


Cascina Pace is located in the hilly northern part of Langhe, which has been designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Zone thanks to the outstanding value of its wine culture, which has shaped the landscape over the centuries. Located in the center of the northwestern region of Piedmont, the area is inscribed as a “cultural landscape”, since it is a result of the combined work of nature and man.
Here, Cascina Pace has established itself as an emblematic cellar of Roero focused on Nebbiolo and Arneis. The brothers Dino and Piero Negro’s estate, according to historical records, is situated in an exceptional area to grow these two indigenous grapes. Practicing sustainable agriculture, they also utilize modern viticultural technology to exemplify the “cultural landscape” inscription mentioned above.

This Nebbiolo rose provides the fresh aromas of rose petals and the delicate flavors of strawberries.

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Poderi Dal Nespoli, Romagna Pagadebit (2015)

Grapes: Bombino Bianco and Sauvignon Blanc
Geography: Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Appellation: Romagna

The Ravaioli family has guided and developed Poderi dal Nespoli through several generations. Poderi dal Nespoli was established in 1929 by Attilio Nespoli, who took on his father’s wine merchant business and invested in the first plot of land. The company has been developed throughout the post-war period and now the next generations Ravaioli have taken the reins and continue the family business.

Poderi dal Nespoli is located in the Bidente River Valley, a gem set just inland of the “Romagna Riviera” almost hidden away. The valley connects Forlì to the Apennine mountainsides between Romagna and Tuscany. Over time this ancient valley has served as an important connection between Romagna and Tuscany.

Tasting notes
Its fresh, savory and aromatic character makes Pagadebit a great discovery for white wine lovers. With a lively straw-yellow color, it has an intense floral perfume, typical of the grape variety, like hawthorn, fruity aromas of white peach and a pleasant taste. The finish is soft and finely herbaceous.
Food pairing

Vegetable appetizers, omelette with fresh onions, rice with asparagus, pea soup with leeks and Adriatic sea prawns, shellfish.

Poderi dal nespoli pagadebit

Cantine Ceci, Terre Verdiane 1813 (2015)

Grapes: Lambrusco Marani and Lambrusco Maestri
Geography: Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Appellation: Lambrusco dell’Emilia

Tipology: Sparkling-red-wine
Otello Nero di Lambrusco 1813, which owes its name to the founder of Cantine Ceci (in 1938), is a wine made from a single-variety vinification of a typical grapevine of the area of Emilia-Romagna, in the provinces of Parma, Reggio and Modena: Lambrusco Maestri.

The Terre Verdiane Lambrusco has rich, distinctive flavor, fresh and fruity on the palate and easy to drink. It’s the ideal accompaniment for classic second courses from Emilia like roasts and braised and stewed meats. But it also loves to be paired with Emilia’s world-famous charcuterie.

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Cantina di Negrar, Valpolicella Ripasso (2014)

Grapes: Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella
Geography: Veneto, Italy
Appellation: Valpolicella Superiore


Founded in 1933 with 6 members, Cantina di Negrar has grown to an award winning wine producer consisting of over 200 family vineyards, mostly in the Valpolicella Classico area.

Region: Hilly area northwest of Verona. The soil is of volcanic origin, including clay and shale. The climate is mild and round.

Vineyard: This vineyard is located in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico area surrounding the Negrar.

Tasting Notes: Powerful full wine with ripe red fruit, full and rich character with a touch of spice, chocolate and plum.

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Kings County Distillery, Navy Yard Brooklyn

Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest and premier craft distillery. Founded in 2010, Kings County hand makes whiskey out of the 115-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, using New York grain and traditional distilling equipment to make distinctive spirits

Kings County Distillery, Bourbon Whiskey

Raw materials: Corn and Barley

Their bourbon is 80% corn, 20% barley and is aged for 1.5-2 years in 5-gallon barrels. Smooth, spicy, and complex, this award-winning bourbon is a precocious whiskey, surprisingly robust for its age.

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Kings County Distillery, Strawberry Ginger Moonshine

Their Strawberry- Ginger Moonshine is our new seasonal whiskey! To create this, our head blender, Ryan, infused two tanks of moonshine, one with halved strawberries and the other with sliced ginger, then carefully blended them together to create our lovely pink spirit.

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